“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30 (NIV)
Love conquers all. Love is a verb. God is Love. We all require an everyday application of these Biblical truths to our lives, and specifically our idols. The ability to recognize God’s love for us by peeling away something hindering us is a sign of an idol being conquered. Without the good accountability God provides for us in His word, we misunderstand what it means to love and be loved. Trusting God, being content, at peace, and seeking truth – all these things require an understanding of God’s love for us.
Our Good Father isn’t standing ready to condemn or shame us for putting other things before Him. He is expecting us to do it, and has prepared the way for us to heal from it. We fear what will happen if we loosen our grip on some of the idols in our lives. As parents, we have to remind ourselves to place our children in their proper place in our hearts. Not first! We are not the parents God placed us to be when we seek their love and approval, or when we love them more than God. Though they fill our heart to the brim, nothing compares to the way God’s love ignites our lives. His love allows us to love the people in our lives well. To receive it, we must drop everything else at His feet. God’s love cannot be juggled alongside idols. It has to come first. We can drop it all, because He is enough.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)
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“Megs” writes about everyday life within the love of Christ. She stepped out of her comfort zone, and her Marketing career, to obey God’s call to stay home and be “Mom” in 2011. From that step of obedience her blog, Sunny&80, was born, a way to retain the funny everyday moments of motherhood. Meg is also a freelance writer and author of “Friends with Everyone.” She loves teaching God’s Word and leading her Monday morning Bible study, being a mom, distance running and photography. Meg resides in Northern Ohio with her husband, two daughters, and Golden-Doodle … all avid Cleveland Browns fans.
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